After leaving my best friend, her husband and family for a Memorial Day cookout at their home, I headed towards the MS River to see if I could take a picture of a barge going up or down the river. The lookout circles were closed so I went over to the Mississippi Welcome Center instead. I took a few pictures of the bridges and no barges were in site. As I was leaving, I thought I saw a flicker of light from the Louisiana side and knew it was a train coming. I made my way back to the parking lot and positioned myself at the fence and waited for the train to come across the bridge. I got several shots and as it got closer to me I waved and the engineer blew the train whistle. It brought back fond memories of having grown up with family members working for the railroad.
When I was little we would get passes to ride the trains because my Grandfather was a telegraph operator for many years with the Illinois Central. When he died we even rode the train to New Orleans for his burial. My Uncle Clyde was an engineer for the Frisco lines making the Memphis to St. Louis run and my sister also worked for the Illinois Central until she married.
What really makes this blog post special is that I put the picture of the train on my Facebook page and on the Kansas City Southern Railway Facebook page and Richard Gee Cook said it was HIM driving the train. He even made the picture his Facebook cover page. He said when he gets home he was going to print it out. I'm so happy that I took the picture for Richard and also to find out that I already know his sister-in-law/brother who lives here in Vicksburg. It's a small world after all!
I could see a flicker of light coming from Louisiana side on the bridge to the right.
I submitted the picture above to our paper, The Vicksburg Post, recently and it was published yesterday in Sunday's paper. The caption read ~ A butterfly and a bumble bee happened to be dining together when Marian Love Phillips took this photo.
Once again I'm humbled by you choosing my photographs to be worthy enough for publication in our hometown paper. Thank you Vicksburg Post!
Photos are published each Sunday in the Classifieds and it's called, GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT! The Vicksburg Post will accept for publication photo submitted by readers. The photo should be current and of interest to the public, either because of their subject matter or their oddity, or the photograph skill shown. Submitted photos should be accompanied by complete caption information and include a phone number for the photographer. Photos may be submitted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org, in person at Post Plaza or by mail to The Vicksburg Post, News Photos, PO Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182
My oldest Granddaughter, Sonya Michelle Gordy, also served in the U. S. Navy and went to boot camp at Great Lakes, IL. From there she was stationed at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey,CA, where she became ill and was honorably discharged. She had signed up for 6 years and had planned to be a linguist. Since then she has attended MS State University at Starkville and the University of Southern MS at Hattiesburg. She plans to return to Southern MS to continue her studies to be a linguist. She is fluent in French, German, Spanish and Chinese Mandarin. While living in her hometown of Vicksburg she performed on stage at the Vicksburg Little Theater. She also took the Hunters Education Course and had planned to hunt with me until she moved away to Magee, MS. I would take her to the deer camp to practice shooting my .22 rifle and she was hitting the bulls eye! Of course, when she was in the Navy that paid off knowing she could already shoot well. I'm so proud of her as well as my Grandson, A1C Michael "Ethan" Ransom Kelly, who has been serving in the Air Force since 2012 and will be deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan in September. I'm so proud of both for serving our country and to all the brave men and women who are serving in uniform today and our heroes, we thank you! May God Bless America!
My Facebook friend, Mike Persichini, headed out at 5:15 this morning and by 6:00 he said he had 7 different bucks around him. He announced The Velvet Garden is growing! Mike takes pictures of deer at the Troy Nature Center in Troy, Michigan, where he lives. He has been doing this for several years now and has produced some spectacular pictures of deer in their habitat and has affectionately been called TheDeer Whisperer! He does not expect someone to try this because it could be very dangerous, he said. Whatever happens to me happens...I just love doing this.
Thanks Mike for sharing all your great photos with us. Your camera shots are truly amazing!
This was painted by Tim Bruce (1956 - 2009) of King, North Carolina of his "ghostly" images. He was a shy and humble man who really did not want his face out in the public but would rather have his work seen. How many people do you see in his painting above? Do you see a dog? This is a very unusual style of painting and very different and if you want to see more go to his website.
My Facebook friend, Wade Pickel, is a proud Dad showing off his daughter, Ella's turkey near Hustons Mill, PA! She is so lucky to have parents that take the time to teach their daughters about the great outdoors. My congrats to you Ella! Way to go!
Can you believe Ella at 4 years old with a turkey!
...and Ella with her turkey at 5 years old!
Her recent turkey...I'm so proud of Ella in our great wild outdoors!
Ella sharing her harvest with her Dad, Wade and younger sister, Tanya!
A Corinth, MS, tradition, Abe's Grill is the oldest diner on Hwy 72 operated by the original owners. Unfortunately it's not open on weekends but you have to try some of their homemade biscuits if you are ever in the area. I just love old stores like these...a lot of character!
Landon Hocking is shown here with his very nice turkey he shot yesterday in southern Iowa with an 11-inch beard. My sincere congrats to Landon on his very fine turkey in our great wild outdoors! Way to go Landon!
The other day my daughter, Kathy and great grandson, Ina, came by to see me. Ian is growing up so fast and has lost two of his upper and lower teeth. I really enjoyed seeing both of them and had a real nice visit. I hope this hunting season Kathy and I can take Ian hunting with us. Ian's dad is a hunter also and sat with his Dad this past season. I'm sure Ian will grow up to be an excellent hunter one day. I'm looking forward to seeing his very first deer.
My great grandson, Ian and I. I have another great grandson, Tidus, in Montana, but unfortunately do not get to see him much anymore since he lives so far away. They are both close to the same age.
This is a little over 10 minutes long but well worth watching. It was published on October 13, 2013.
For the production of the movie, director Gore Verbinski had a five mile oval track built along with multiple engines and cars. See the incredible effort that went into crafting such a detailed and important part of The Lone Ranger.
Johnny Depp (The Rum Diary) plays Tonto to Armie Hammer's (J. Edgar) legendary law man in the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger.
The action adventure film brings Depp back together with the team behind at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Terry Elliott and Ted Rossio. New to the party is co-writer Justin Haythe (Snitch).
In The Lone Ranger, Depp's Tonto recounts the tales that transformed Hammer's John Reid from law man to masked vigilante, seeking vengeance after justice failed them.
Also starring are Tom Wilkinson (The Conspirator), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech) and Barry Pepper (True Grit).
It looks like the small pigs are about 25-30 lbs., the medium sized ones about 60-80 lbs. and the big one maybe 225 to 300 lbs. I'm looking forward to returning to the famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club in the MS Delta to get me a wild hog one day. The hogs are tearing up the camp and the hunters need to get rid of these nasty, filthy and disgusting hogs in our great and crazy wild outdoors!
My Facebook friend, Mike Persichini, has been feeding the deer at a nature preserve in Troy, Michigan, for a awhile now and also in his own backyard! He loves to feed the birds, ducks, squirrels, deer and whatever else shows up! He takes great photos of them in action! Mike is a "Deer Whisperer" for sure in our great wild outdoors!
While I was out this afternoon around 3:00, I drove by the Louisiana Circle to see if a barge was coming. I was in luck when I saw one coming under the bridges headed north. I took a picture of the front end of the huge empty containers.
A pulled-back picture as M/V Thomas K head for the bend in the MS River at Vicksburg, MS.
It was a sunny afternoon and had to brighten up some of my pictures after I downloaded them. They seem to turn out really dark when I take them at this time of day. I much rather take pictures on a very cloudy day anytime.